Mla quotations page 1 the unb writing centre contact us 16/17 c c jones student services centre 26 bailey drive, box 4400 fredericton, nb canada, e3b 5a3 phone: (506) 453-4527 (506) 452-6346 email: [email protected] how to use quotations in mla format (8th ed) when doing research, documenting your. How to quote and cite a poem in an essay using mla format navigating the mla handbook can be pretty overwhelming there are so many rules that regulate the way we can quote and cite poetry in mla format in our own writing improper. Learn how to use direct quotations properly in the mla format, including how to punctuate them and what to do with longer quotes. Mla requires that any quotation over 4 lines (or 3 lines of verse) be started on a new line, indented 1/2 inch from the margin, double spaced without quotation marks, essentially a block you'll also still need to hit enter before and after the text to the indent so the formatting is not applied to anything else. Block quote the block quote is used for direct quotations that are longer than four lines of prose, or longer than three lines of poetry a block quote is always used when quoting dialogue between characters, as in a play the block format is a freestanding quote that does not include quotation marks introduce the block.
How to cite quotes from the play romeo & juliet in mla format sorah lee if none of this information is given in the text before the quote, then this information should be formatted: (play remember that this page is part of your complete essay and should be formatted like the rest of your paper. Mla citation format is a method for formatting your paper and documenting the sources of information sentence that is mostly your own, you still have to use quotation marks around those apt words and cite your source [this example shows the format for a story, essay, poem or any other work found in an anthology or. So you will use it to □ format your paper, including □ margins □ spacing □ font selection and size □ headers/footers □ guide the style of your paper, including □ quotations □ in-text citations □ voice.
If quoting three lines or less of verse use the short quotation format and use a / to indicate line breaks keep all original punctuation and incorporate it into the text of your paper if quoting four lines or more of verse break the lines as they are shown in the text of the play do not use / to indicate line breaks. Whenever you quote a play in your essay, mla style requires you to include an in -text citation showing where the quote came from for a play, this will include the abbreviated title of the play, and the section of the play in which the quote is found if you are quoting a single character's dialogue, or stage.
Shorten / abbreviate the name of the source but ensure that your reader can easily identify it in your works cited (abbreviate the title starting with the same word in which it is alphabetized) punctuate with quotations or italicize as you would in its works cited form (a book is italicized an article is in quotes) examples. Different style sheets (mla, chicago, etc) have different conventions for quoting in literary essays normally i am tolerant of variations, but many students do not seem aware of some features shared by all for quoting poetry please follow the guidelines below (and your other professors will appreciate it if. Short stories, essays, and many (though not all) plays are written in prose for prose, cite the if you cite more than four typed lines of text, use block quotes by setting the quote off from the text first, introduce the quote to see an example of a block quote in mla style, click here: block quote in mla style poetry a literary.